Hormones are the reason behind a lot of those odd things happening to your body when you’re pregnant! Skin tags, moles that change color, spider veins, and breakouts are all normal skin changes that take place during pregnancy. So is there anything you can do to help prevent or fix these changes? Most of the time, yes! Here are some common skin changes you may experience during pregnancy and how you can minimize or prevent any further changes.
Skin tags are small growths of skin on your body that often form when skin rubs together or when clothes rub skin. Common places for these growths to appear are in between your thighs, on your arms, or on your breasts. Your doctor should be able to remove them, but after pregnancy there is a good chance they will disappear.
Stretch marks are one of the most common skin changes that occur during pregnancy and are often a big fear of many expecting women. To prevent stretch marks, Dr. Clarissa Shetler recommends using our C2 Ageless Body Oil all over your tummy, every day. It is also helpful to moisturize day and night.
The heightened hormones of pregnancy may cause breakouts due to excess oil being produced by your skin. Try to stick to fragrance free products and wash your face every morning and night. Beware not to over wash or use harmful products though, this can dry out your skin. Not sure what’s safe? Check out our line of skincare products that are healthy for you and your baby!
Changes in skin pigmentation are a normal side effect of increased hormones and are no need for concern. However, if you notice moles or freckles that get darker and also change in shape and size, contact your doctor. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent this from happening.
Melasma, also known as “mask of pregnancy,” is a skin condition that causes dark spots and patches to appear on your face. While this too is a result of changes in skin pigmentation, sun exposure can increase your risk. In order to prevent melasma, always wear SPF on your face and wear a ball cap or floppy hat if you know you are going out into the sun.
Varicose veins can be painful and uncomfortable and usually appear on the legs. They often look blue and bulky and are caused from your body compensating for extra blood flow. You can prevent them by walking as much as possible, avoiding sitting for long periods of time, getting enough Vitamin C, and wearing support socks.
Spider veins are small clusters of veins that branch outwards and often appear on the face, neck, legs, and arms. Usually, these veins do not hurt and disappear after delivery. Spider veins can be hereditary so they may not be able to be prevented, but it may help to increase your Vitamin C intake and to try and not cross your legs.
As your skin stretches and tightens there is a good chance your breasts and abdomen will become dry and itchy. If the itching becomes unbearable, try our C2 Ageless Body Oil, a calamine lotion, or anti-itch cream.
Warnings from Our Founders: Dr. Clarissa Shetler and Dr. Christine Falsetti:
Beware of teratogenic substances because they are harmful to your baby – using healthy natural ingredients is always better. A teratogenic substance can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus and may lead to birth defects. There are different teratogenic ratings for the degree of severity and they are listed below:
Category A: Controlled studies in women fail to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester (and there is no evidence of a risk in later trimesters), and the possibility of fetal harm appears remote.
Category B: Either animal-reproduction studies have not demonstrated a fetal risk but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women or animal-reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect (other than a decrease in fertility) that was not confirmed in controlled studies in women in the first trimester (and there is no evidence of a risk in later trimesters).
Category C: Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal, or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Category D: There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk (e.g., if the drug is needed in a life-threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs cannot be used or are ineffective).
Category X: Studies in animals or human beings have demonstrated fetal abnormalities, or there is evidence of fetal risk based on human experience, or both, and the risk of the use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweighs any possible benefit. The drug is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant.
(Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation Briggs et.al. 4th edition)
It is also important to steer clear of these pregnancy “no-no” ingredients in products:
– Benzophenone and derivatives
– Ethanolamines or Nitrosamines
– Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde -releasing preservatives
– Lead and Other Heavy Metals
– Mercury and mercury compounds
– PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE, AKA TEFLON®)